Board of Directors

Dr. Lon Bell

Dr. Lon Bell

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Bell is a leading expert in the development and mass production of high reliability electromechanical systems and solid state thermoelectric products. Dr. Bell founded Amerigon Inc, now Gentherm (THRM) in 1991. He served as its Chairman and CEO from 1991 to 2000. He also served as CEO and President of BSST LLC, an Amerigon subsidiary from 2000 to 2010. Previously, he co-founded Technar Inc, which developed and mass produced automotive airbag crash sensors, and other proprietary electromechanical components. He served as its Chairman and President until its sale to TRW Inc. He also co-founded Mahindra REVA Electric Vehicle Co Ltd, an Indian electric vehicle manufacturer, in 1994 and served as its Vice Chairman until 2015. He currently is on the board of directors of ClearSign Combustion (CLIR) and CDTI (CDTI). He is Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments at the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Bell received his BSc. in Mathematics, MSc. in Rocket Propulsion, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Caltech. He has authored more than 20 publications and received more than 30 US patents in the areas of thermoelectric systems, automotive crash sensors, and related electronic and electromechanical devices. Five of his inventions have gone into mass production and dominated their target markets.

Committees

Committee Role
Compensation Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member
R. Daniel Brdar

R. Daniel Brdar

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Mr. Brdar has over 25 years of experience in the power systems and energy industries and has held a variety of leadership positions during his career. From 2006 through 2011, he was President and CEO of FuelCell Energy Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company with a market cap of over $250 million. During his tenure, the company's revenues increased 235%, to $100 million, manufacturing production increased by over 200% and over $100 million was raised from institutional and strategic investors. Prior to joining Ideal Power Inc., Mr. Brdar served as the Chief Operating Officer of Petra Solar, a privately held, venture funded solar and smart grid company, where he held full P&L responsibility and led a cross-functional management team across several international markets. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Brdar held management positions, including Gas Turbine Product Manager, for GE's Power Systems Division, a world leader in power generation systems and products. Additionally, Mr. Brdar has extensive research and development experience at the U.S. Department of Energy through various roles at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV and Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Brdar has a BS in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

David B. Eisenhaure

David B. Eisenhaure

Independent Director

From 1985-2008, David served as the President and CEO of SatCon Technology Corporation, a developer of products for utility, hybrid vehicle, ship building, industrial automation, semiconductor processing, and defense markets. He founded SatCon and was also a director from 1985-2009. SatCon is well known for its work in advanced electric drives; inverter technology for smart grid and photovoltaic applications; and the development of lightweight, high-power electronics, which contributed to the development of practical hybrid and electric vehicles. David brought SatCon public in 1992 and subsequently oversaw the acquisition of eight private companies and one public company, reorganizing SatCon from an R&D company into a diverse organization with four plants in the United States and Canada. Prior to SatCon, David was the Technical Director of the Energy Systems Division at Draper Laboratory, where he oversaw the development of magnetic bearings, flywheels, energy storage, advanced solid state power converters, advanced motors and generators, and adaptive control systems for highly dynamic and otherwise unstable systems. Prior to Draper, David worked at MIT's Instrumentation Laboratory, as a graduate student research assistant and later staff engineer, designing and developing electromagnetic and thermal control systems to support the national space and defense programs. From 1985-1997 he was a Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. He has been awarded over 20 patents covering inventions in magnetic suspensions, motor drives and controls, flywheel systems, automotive components, energy storage, and solid state power converters. David holds a B.S., M.S., and an Engineer's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Committees

Committee Role
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair
Audit Committee Member
Compensation Committee Member

Michael Turmelle

Independent Director

Committees

Committee Role
Audit Committee Chair
Compensation Committee Member
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member